It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

April 29, 2011

I’m down with OKC and other tidbits

This will be my last post for a few days.  We are headed to OKC for the OKC Memorial Half Marathon.  Here are my thoughts in bullets:

·    This will be my stepdaughter Madi’s first Half Marathon ever!  She has been training so hard all winter.  She will do AWESOME!  Good Luck Madi!
·    I’m still a bit under the weather but slowly improving.  I’m hoping to feel 80% by Sunday.
·    I got a mini brick workout in this morning – and by mini I mean MINI – 10 minutes on the bike and 10 minutes on the treadmill.  Oh well, better than nothing.
·    The weather doesn’t look to great.  Around 50 degrees for the race start (just about perfect right?), but also rain, and 15-20 mph winds with the temperature slowly declining throughout the day.
·    I was hoping for a PR…I don’t think that’s going to happen now.  But oh well, I’m just going out to have fun no matter what – cold, rain, whatever….throw it my way I’m going to have FUN, nothing is stopping me!
·    Jim and I are hoping for a blogger meet-up with Christi at Pedestrian Runner.  Any other bloggers going to be in OKC?

Other tidbits:
·    After a few days of recovery next week I really start my training for the Hyvee Triathlon in September.  It’s my first Olympic distance race.  I am TERRIFIED of the swim!  I keep seeing commercials for this race on TV.  It gets me kind of pumped up – and then I start thinking – HOLY CRAP – What was I thinking?  I don’t belong at a race like this.  It’s televised and everything.  Kind of a big deal.  I may finish dead last, I may drown.  I don’t know.  Is anyone else doing this race?  I wanted to post the commercial on here but I couldn’t find it on line anywhere.  I’m telling you it’s awesome and terrifying at the same time. 
·    I’m sad because Jack is already at the kennel.  I will have no doggie to say goodnight to tonight. 
·    Remember my March Vegetarian Challenge?  That went so well I’m going to be kicking off my May – Sugar Free Challenge.  That’s right – I’m going to try to go a month without eating any added sugar.  Natural sugars are ok – so I can eat all the fruit I want, but that means no candy bars, etc.  It’s going to be the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do.  I start Monday, May 2.  Anyone like to join me?  It would be nice to have someone out there doing the same thing.
·   Good Luck to everyone racing this weekend.  The racing season is here.  There are a ton of people racing this weekend! I hope you all do well.


  1. have fun at your half, you will do great and im sure you will end up with a PR!!! i hear ya on being terrified of the swim, im still hesitating to register for the OWS tri next weekend. i hate it!!! i know the sugar challenge would be way harder than the veg challenge for me. are you still doing the no meat thing???

  2. Have fun at the half!!....and I can't wait to read your take on training for the Olympic tri! I skipped over the spring and went right for the Olympic distance last year but I'm currently training for my first sprint. :)

  3. Have fun and good luck at the half mary!!!

    YOu will be ok at Hyvee, just practice some OWS before the race.

  4. Best of luck to you! I hope it's a great race day.

  5. Good luck this weekend - lousy weather isn't going to stop you from kicking some booty out there! Good luck to Madi as well, what a fun family weekend.
    Your tidbit about the swim at your first Oly is EXACTLY how I feel about...well, pretty much every race. I haven't actually been dead last out of the water yet, but I know it's just a matter of time. :)

  6. Oh I am glad you are a bit better!
    I bet you will get your PR
    cold rain..bring gloves.
    Good luck! I am racing that same day
    HM #2 also!
    here's to both of us getting a great race !

  7. Good luck to you and Madi.

    BTW, I just listened to a podcast and Jeff Galloway, running Guru, said that if don't don't run for a week you will not lose fitness. So, don't stress that you were sick this week. You are fresh. You are powerful and unstoppable.

  8. Have fun!!! I'm so glad you are feeling a little better. I'm jealous your meeting Christi...she only lives an hourish from me and I've yet to meet her. I will though!

    No sugar huh....I guess that includes things like honey and agave? I don't think I could do that.

  9. Have fun! Can't wait to hear about it.

  10. I've been thinking about you! Hope you are super better after a good nights sleep tonight. Have a blast this weekend!!

  11. Good luck to you guys!!! Remember to have fun.

  12. A friend of mine ran the OKC Marathon last year, I think it was his 57th marathon, and he said that and Boston were the two best marathons he'd run in terms of course and scenery. Sounds like it will be a memorable race for you. Good luck and run strong! PR or not, you' re going to rock OKC.

  13. Good luck this weekend! You're going to do awesome!

  14. Yes, have fun this weekend! You've got something started and I can't wait to see you do that scary triathlon later in the summer. You won't drown--they'll pull you out before that happens :)

  15. Have a GREAT time this weekend!!!!

    If you can give up sugar for a month, you have my total respect. Does that include things like mochas? Oh man...I would be sunk...I will think about it. =D What a challenge!

  16. You're gonna do great at the race! Just have fun! Mother nature ruins race day wayyyy too often! The best part is that you get to run with someone who's doing it for the first time!

    I'll google the triathlon you're talking about. I love tri's because they offer variety but I envy you, I still can't imagine myself doing an open water swim. Any advice??

  17. Good luck this weekend. You'll do great.
    Glad you're feeling better. Love ya

  18. Good luck this weekend and enjoy the race, PR or not - you will do great!

    I'm thinking about your sugar challenge as this is something I really need to do - step away from the chocolate!!! It's my worst habit but would be so worth it to give it up for a while, especially since my first half is 5 weeks away.